Monday 31 October 2011

Homespun Fall

A new week and a new challenge in The Shabby Tearoom and Debbie is our host this week and asks we create a crad or project inspired by the photo with a Fall/Autumn scene.

The prize for one lucky winner is 15 yards shabby seam binding from Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy shop.

And here's what I created!

I love the colours in the inspiration photo, so I tried to match my papers up! I die cut the orante frame and printing a doily, layering with a K&Co canvas flower which I've added a cute die cut pumpkin cut from Coredinations. I've accented this with acorns, berry sprigs which I glittered, flowers, and die cut oak leaves shaded with a Pro Marker and ink.

I have used this yummy seam binding in Cake Crumbs, Ambrosia Cantalope and Winter White from Simple Treasures with a tag that I rubbed some white paint over to highlight finished with a sticker greeting.

Check out the Shabby Girls blogs for some stunning inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Pretty in Pink & Turquoise

The Ribbon Reel we have another gorgeous inspiration pic to get your creative juices flowing, and this week Pauline has set the challenge to create a card or project using the colors TURQUOISE, HOT PINK AND WHITE.

For my project, I decided  I would create something other than a card for a change! With Christmas coming up, it's a great idea to have some little gift packets / boxes made up.

I made this 'bag' by wrapping a sheet of 12x12 paper around an old box base, it's scoring the corners for a sharp and neat finish. A couple of eyelets through the top threaded with some Silky Crush ribbon create the fastening.I have decorated with a doily, tag and of course ribbons!

Turquoise Satin, Fuschia Ruffle Edge, Silky Crush, Rose and Lace with Pearls all from The Ribbon Reel
Paper, Bo Bunny
Cuttlebug Snowflake die
Marianne die
Glitter Dot vellum, Papermania
Greeting, Pink Petticoat 

Monday 24 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

We have a Halloween theme going on in The Shabby Tearoom, and I am your host this week :) I'd like you to create a card or project with a Halloween theme using the colours from the inspiration picture - purple, orange, black & neutrals with twine or raffia. Oh so fun!

Our sponsor in the Tearoom this week is More Paper Than Shoes, who are offering a$20.00 to spend instore.

For my creepy card, I've distressed these Pink Petticoat Halloween papers and used a piece of thick cardboard painted with acrylic paint and ink which I've backed with this fantastic felt Spider web! This is actually supposed to be a drinks coaster, but I saw these and knew they were meant for craft ;) I've added some paint for a creepy look and topped it with a sweet witch bingo card.

The greeting panel is just some orange card, painted corrugated card and a die cut 'Boo' decorated with a die cut faux leather star which I stitched and layered with bleached seam binding, raffia plus corrugated card star.

To top the card off, I punched an oval and used this cool Melissa Frances rub-on, edged with glass glitter,  and adhered to a black tulle bow.

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Fun 4 Fall
Allsorts  - Halloween
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Lace It Up

 Hop along to the fabby Shabby Girls blogs to see their gorgeous creations this week!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Sunday 23 October 2011

Lime Aid

At Daring Cardmakers we have this fab sketch by Kathy to play with this week. I really enjoyed playing with this sketch, and using lime/ lilac from  The Ribbon Girl challenge.

I wanted to go for a grungey look with this one, using dark ink, ripped edges and grungey papers. I've used a cog digi stamp layered with a Coredinations 'Black Magic' die cut fancy circle, which I embossed and sanded (nope, I cannot stop the sanding!) then added texture by die cutting stars from leather and mesh ribbon, which I just clipped to a ticket (cut from Pink Paislee paper) with a mini peg. I've just layered and roughed up my edges and used some cool number strips and twill ribbon, which were both off cuts. To finish I added these cute Jenni Bowlin banner stickers on the side.


The Ribbon Girl  - Lilac & Lime

Monday 17 October 2011

Pumpkin Garden

This weeks challenge at The Shabby Tearoom has been set by Cindy (her first challenge for the Tearoom!) and asks we create a card or project using the colors in the inspiration photo and one dry embossed element.

I have used Coral Pearls, Finesse Swirls and Prima Ceylon 'Attic' flowers from our wonderful sponsor this week, Classy Cards 'n Such who are offering a $15 gift certificate for the Winner of our challenge!

I've done lots of layering (again!) with punched and die cut shapes in these gorgeous Autumnal colours, then arranged these fab Prima flowers (I adore!) with mulberry and skeleton leaves, vellum and paper die cut leaves. For these, I scrunched the vellum and inked it up then layered on top of the paper die cuts for a more realistic dried leaf look. A little crackle painted mulberry rose also adds a different effect.

The little tag has been embossed and finished it off with the yummy Melissa Frances rub on.I've used lace, ric rac and absolutely gorgeous pearl flourish border. A liberal smattering of Coral pearls (I can't get enough of these at the moment!!) and a pin add the perfect finishing touches.

Papertake Weekly - Get In Shape (use 3 shapes)

Be sure to check out the beautiful projects to inspire you this week from The Shabby Girls!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards


Sweet Tea

Clare has set the new challenge at  The Ribbon Reel which is to create a card / project inspired by the COLOURS from the photo and also use FLOWERS.

I decided to use a round card base for a change, I always find it's good to use different shapes for some variation! I've die cut and layered shaped circles then ran this lovely seam binding and gingham across which I finished in a bow and topped with this fab teapot digi image that I've highlighted with Pro Markers and a gold pen.

I've used these fabby roses from The Ribbon Reel that have been inked and added some vamped up standard pearl pins with a flash of bronze glitter. Voila!

Silky Crush, Yellow Gingham, Seam binding (Peach and Bay Leaf), 4cm & 2cm roses, all from The Ribbon Reel
Image from Etsy
Nestibilities Labels 2 / Teardrop Circles

Saturday 15 October 2011

Flying By

This week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers has been set by Rein and it is to use Birds on your projects - it can be stamped, die-cut or made in another way - and you might even win a prize this week!

This week's dare is sponsored by The Ribbon Reel, who are one of the best places around for fuelling your ribbon addiction - visit the shop to see a wonderful range not just of ribbon but lace, trims and even stamps. For more info, please visit Daring Cardmakers blog!

I've used this wonderful Glitz bird rub on, which I cut out and and stuck to a chipboard frame backed by sheet music card. Natural elements look great with the red and kraft theme - I've used hessian, mulberry paper frame and waxed string. The rose is made from Seam Binding, and as it's a Christmas card I've used some red glitter 'dots' for a subtle shimmer and of course some pearls!


Mojo Monday - Sketch

Cr84fn Colour Challenge - Red, Brown, Kraft

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Things With Wings

Glitz bird rub on
Basic Grey 'Manila' paper
American Crafts 'Thickers' chipboard frames
Kraft card
Hessian fabric
Seam binding
Cosmo Cricket alphas
Queen & Co. felt scallop border
HOTP music note paper
Hand stitching
Waxed string

Monday 10 October 2011

Fall Flowers

This week's challenge in The Shabby Tearoom has been set by Sheri and the theme is to create a card / project making your own flowers using the colors in the inspiration photo. Fun!! I love the colours, and it makes a change from orange lol! ;)

For my card, I've used the Mannequin digi stamp from our sponsors this week,Digi My World (see below) which I paper pieced then finished with a tulle bow detail. I've layered up with Basic Grey and Pink Paislee papers and a punched semi circle.

The flower has been made by cutting descending size (large) scallops,scrunching, inking and I finished with some lace and a brad. I've added a paper tape measure and chipboard border along the bottom of the card.

This week's sponsor is Digi My World, who are offering a $10 gift certificate to spend in their online shop.

Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle & Bling

Hop over to the Shabby Girls blogs for some fantastic inspiration.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Saturday 8 October 2011

October Flowers

Over at Daring Cardmakers, we're back to the Flower of the Month challenge and the flowers for the month of October are Cosmos or Calendula.

I've chosen Cosmos, and used the sketch from Card Patterns and the colours from Moxie Fab World's 
'Treat Yourself' challenge - oranges, cream, toffee and brown. Yum!

Decorative scissors have been used to create the 'postage stamp' background, and just layered up from there! For the side border I've layered 7Gypsies paper, doily edge punched card strip and some negative stipes of card from my border punches that were on my desk. I've stamped some doilies with two different brown inks and heat embossed using some lovely lustre embossing powder and then die cut. The middle doily has a Basic Grey sticker in there centre and finished off with a word sticker and twine bow.

The Cosmos flower image is printed from the internet onto textured card, die cut and inked. I've made a  seam binding bow which has been dampened, scrunched and finished with some brown lace and a Prima Pebble. For the greeting I've used a lolly (pop) and popped a sticker on it.


Moxie Fab World 'Treat Yourself'

Card Patterns - Sketch 135
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes